Governor Rotimi Akeredolu who had on August 11 2020, inaugurated the Operation Amotekun in Akure, the Ondo state capital has said that the state’s Security Network Agency which is also known as Amotekun will not be subsumed under the community policing arrangement of the Nigeria Police Force.
He insisted that Governors will not pay the community policemen although, states had clamoured before now for independent police systems to tackle peculiar security challenges in their localities.
Due to the recent approval of N13.3bn by the Federal Government for the take-off of the community policing initiative across the country, the Deputy Inspector-General of Police in charge of Research and Planning, Adeleye Oyebade, said on Tuesday that all other security arrangements in the country would fall under the community policing set-up of the Federal Government.
Akeredolu said that it will never be accepted, as this is not the thinking of those who set this up and there is a law that set this up. He further said if the DIG feels otherwise, there is always a place for it to be ventilated.
“We will not collapse Amotekun for community policing. It will stand on its own. There is no intimidation. We are not people that can be intimidated (or) that the IG will give orders to. We will not. Amotekun is different. Community policing is different. If the IG does not understand, he will leave one day and other people will understand”, he reiterated.